Bands With The Best Live Performances

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1QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

QUEEN = GREATEST BAND EVER
QUEEN = BEST LIVE BAND on the planet!
QUEEN = MOST PHENOMENAL of all bands of all time!
FREDDIE MERCURY = The heart and soul of QUEEN! Nobody, but NOBODY, could do a live show like FREDDIE! Greatest singer, best performer, most fantastic vocalist of all time, and Freddie is the mega star of entertaining! Even when he's playing the piano, he's more exciting than a hundred dancers on the stage.
Freddie makes other frontmen look like they're napping; he's that outrageously awesome! So exciting, so passionate, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, dynamic... Just the epitome of entertaining! The VERY BEST of the best.
QUEEN rocks!

Wow how could no one vote for Queen? First off, many of Freddie's vocal performances live were better than his recorded songs. Take Bohemian Rhapsody at Rock Montreal 1981. That was one of his best. Much better than muse, Linkin Park, or even bon jovi. Although I do like all those bands.

Not voting for queen should be a crime. Freddie mercury was by far the most entertaining stage performer of all time. He was talented, eccentric, and got the audience so pumped. You could tell he loved being in the spotlight.

Best band on the planet - by far!

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2Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

You can not even compare Linkin Park to any of the other bands listed here. Sound produced by them is even better than the original. They attract a greater crowd, enthralling everyone of them. Simply the Gods of Live performances.

They are the best live band cause they sound better live which isn't easy to do, Bon Jovi doesn't sound good live at all. - lukestheman4

This is band is perfect live. They don't use all that computer bull crap like some of these new popular bands. They use their on vocals and their own creativity. I respect a band who is really good live and I give this band all my respect because of how good they are live and how good their music is.

By far the best live band of all time. Their versatility is what makes them also the greatest band of all time. Period.

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3MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

Muse has really cool concerts. I just went to a muse concert last Tuesday (or Wednesday, I forgot I have a bad memory) and it was awesome. At the beginning, drones flew out (because their latest album is called drones) and there were lights everywhere and it was cool. Also, they had these cool sheet things hanging from the ceilings and they projected stuff onto them and it was cool. For example, when they played the handler, they projected a person with hands and strings, and the strings led to two of the people in muse that were standing. It was cool, it looked like the person was actually controlling the two people (if this doesn't make sense then you should look up a video of it on YouTube). They just kept doing that with the projections and lights and it was cool. Also, at the end, confetti was shot everywhere. In addition to putting on a great lights show, the band is excellent at singing and playing their instruments live. They sound just like they do on the album when they do ...more

Definitely, they beat every band on this planet in terms of music, live shows, showmanship etc. They are very scientific in approach; this makes them a very fun and interesting band to see. They are not popular here, in India, but they are getting recognised quite fast now. LINKIN PARK's shows are quite mediocre: it's just sound effects. No visuals or stuff. In fact, Muse even beat Queen and Radiohead with their live performances, at times, due to advanced tech. All in all deserve to sit at #1. No one is as badass as Chris Wolstenholme, funny and cheerful as Dominic and charismatic as Matt! Muse win, hands down!

Are you kidding me.. They are the best when it comes to live performance.. Their song sounds better when live. Matt is an amazing guitar player with great skills and great voice too. His style is the spotlight of muse live performances

They are the best

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4Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Just the entertainment they throw in. I haven't seen a live performance as of yet but videos I have seen are amazing, December 2010 however. Bon Jovi in Melbourne and I'm there - StevoMuzz

What tell? The most best band performer of the time! Energy, very good songs, generous with fans, generous with all of the world! I love your music, your kind, your hearts! BON JOVI FOREVER! And I hope, early in France!

Drives me nuts when I see Bon Jovi on any "greatest" list. Absolute drivel.

BON JOVI ARE THE BEST! no band can ever beat them on stage.. GO BON JOVI WE LOVE YOU!

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5MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

They work so well on stage, hardly make any mistakes and give the crowd plenty of voice, should be #1

Their live songs sound almost exactly like the album versions

Metallica is always searching new Ways to make the impossible posible, they take 80's Back every show, just amazing. Great in every single way sound, lights, effects. Just take a look to Concerts like Binge and purge live in Seattle or The full Arsenal. , /

The ultimate road dogs!...

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6Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

It's ridiculous to see bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot and Rise Against above the kings of live music in this poll. See for yourself people, buy P*U*L*S*E

What where is zeppelin. Bands like 30 seconds to mars and linkin park above zeppelin and Floyd. They both have sucked in some reunions but you people must have short term memories cause those 2 are the best live performers of all time

I've been to several hundred concerts and have seen Floyd 3 times and Rogers Waters twice and they just aren't a show; they're a theatrical production. Hands down all in my Top 10, with David Bowie, Zep, Queen, the Boss and, most recently, Muse. Flo and the Machine have also jumped into the Top 20. However, the show as a whole may provide a different list than the best performers or lead singer category.

Why on earth would Linkin Park be above Pink Floyd? Pink Floyd were the first to use all these fancy visual aids. - VaticanCameos

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7The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

See them 6 times! First time was at The Forum in 2004 and I was right at the front! Absolutely amazing experience. I've also seen them at the o2 twice - once on the Quadrophenia Tour2, twice at Wembley Arena and twice at Hyde Park of which the recent one in June 15 was the best of the bunch. I'd have loved to have seen them with Moon and Entwistle but even 'The Two' as they are now are outstanding performers and nobody plays guitar like Townshend! Phenomenal live band. Add to that Live at Leeds and Isle of Wight and you can hear they were clearly the greatest ensemble there has ever been!

If you could take the who's formation of there golden age (beginning of the 70's) and put them to play and chose any other band to play after them, they would literally kill themselves so scary they were of the idea of following that performance. And is not just me who agree with this idea. Several musicians in the top sad similar things as those I sad.

And even after 50 years of career they kick the ass of several modern bands

Don't agree with me? Listen Live at Leeds which is a portion of what The Who were and you will be stunnished in the end.

Forgive my bad English

Words cannot begin to describe my anger at the Who being ranked 33. They are, with little hesitation, the greatest live act ever. They have the greatest live album ever, Live at Leeds. Watching a live performance of the Who is indescribable. Linkin Park is number 1? OH MY GOD! Get real people!

LIve at Leeds, Isle of Wight, Woodstock. Absolutely ferocious live band at their peak. A four headed monster that no one could touch

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8U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

WHAT? U2 down here? Come on, rate U2, did you see their "one" performances, and "Where the streets have no name" live? The Edge is a great guitarist, and did you see Bono singing? They are awesome!

U2 is far better then #9, who still sells out there concerts, and not only in the US, but the whole world. I won't talk bad about the other bands because in their own right are great bands, and of course its all about personal opinion and taste, but what band these days can still put out good work, good songs and great concerts, only a hand full and "U2" is among a hand full... GOD BLESS U2 FOR EVER!... E Moreno

Literally puts on a show, the I&E your wasn't just a regular concert, but a story that was told with music that's lasted for over 30 years. Not only the best live act of all time but the biggest band in the world right now.

Deserve to be higher. Magnificent - Jiorl

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9Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

Without a doubt, the best Live performers out there. Always flawless, the crowd is always involved. Bruce's vocals reach new highs, the guitarists shred. Janick Gers is a fabulous showman, and their stage presence is unmatched. Very few bands sound as good live, and even fewer sound better. Iron Maiden surpasses both of these. Live, they are unmatched.

I don't think anybody who has seen Maiden live within the past ten years would disagree that they should at least be in the top three. Not only have their performance skills gotten better with age but somehow age doesn't seem to affect their high energy levels either. Even if heavy metal isn't your thing, I can't believe Iron Maiden isn't at least in the top ten.

Hell, I'm Surprised, I got the live version of Hallowed be thy name., I never knew it was live, but it was live. Fear of the dark, I've heard the studio version, it's good. Then I listened to the live version in Flight 666 album. 2 words to say MIND BLOWING. Muse is good too. That includes A7x, Queen, Guns n' Roses

I'm going to see them in June, and I'm really excited for it. But why in the blue hell are Rammstein and Slipknot not on this list?! Their shows are amazing.

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10AC/DCAC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

AC/DC is the greatest hard rock band in the world no matter who is fronting it because they always put on a good show Bon was AMAZING, Brian is so iconic and beastly and Axl is doing an awesome job and there would be no AC/DC without Malcom and Angus writing legendary songs and Angus always giving it his best shout every single show! AC/DC forever!

Led zeppelin was a terrible live band overall because jimmy page often screwed it up. Angus young never does that, but he always puts up a good show, and they can really get the crowd going. There's nothing like AC/DC live!

How can AC/DC only be 26th? They're definitely one of the most entertaining bands live. Way better than Avenged Sevenfold.

Simply go on YouTube, type in Highway to Hell, and watch the music video. Live performance in Argentina. I won't say anything else, just watch it.

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?Smashing PumpkinsThe Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

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11Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Why are they only number 10!? Seriously!? They are amazing live, maybe even better than on their albums. They put on a good show and they sound awesome, simple as that. Don't believe me? Check out their concert live in the LBC. - patricemackinnon

Their show was the greatest thing I've ever seen in my life! The pyro was amazing and the quality of their music was just as good or even better than on their albums... A7X foREVer!

They put so much work into every performance with so many pyro effects

These people are nice on stage and they joke around. They sometimes let fans play the instruments

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12Bruce Springsteen

Bruce does not take his audience for granted. Every single night, he strives to make it 'that special show'. When you look at how long he has been doing this and with the kind of reputation he has created for himself, it would be easy for him to just take a few nights easy but the man, even at age 63, still gives it all, every single night. To his incredible energy add his brilliant songbook and an amazing band and you wont get a better show

Saw him at Wembley Stadium in 2013 and he is by far and away the greatest live performer I have ever seen and I've seen The Who (who are the second best), Paul Weller (3rd), Muse, Van Morrison, Green Day, Roger Waters performing Dark-side of the moon and many many more but that day at Wembley Stadium will always stand out as the greatest show. Top band, top songs, and a man at the top of his game with a set of 3+ hours including Darkness on the edge of town in it's entirety. Outstanding! Even my friend who doesn't really like him had to admit it was the best show he's ever seen.

Bruce Springsteen is the best performer of all time. How he is not in the top ten is beyond me. He is interactive with fans and can play songs off the top of his head even if they aren't even in the set list. One of his best attributes though is that he writes his own music. He doesn't have somebody in LA that writes it for him like most singers now a days. He is the most talented and best performer of all time.

Less keep it simple 67 and 4+ hours -- what else is there to say!

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13Guns N' Roses

One of the best live band performer I wish for a reunion! - ronluna

nobody comes close to Guns N' Roses

Back in their prime they were truly live n dangerous a volatile band with huge energy and a great stage presence from all, I mean Bruce springsteen number 10, really?

Before slash left

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14The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.

15Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

Green Day has over 300 songs, and at the age of 41 has more energy then any of those bands in their prime! I have seen 30-40 bands, Green Day was the best by far! Green Day was probably in my bottom 10 favourites but after the concert, insistently became my favorite! Now I can't get enough of them! Nobody brings the intensity like Green Day, loud as hell, crazy energy, awesome crowd interaction, could hold a note as long as anyone, could scream with anyone, plays guitar behind his head, loyal fan base that also brings the energy! God for sure!

I've seen the top current top 2 bands on this list, but neither compare to Green Day. I was never a Green Day fan until seeing them live. While many bands have good music and good shows, no-one PERFORMS better. With the way they get the crowd going, they are undoubtedly the best PERFORMERS I've ever seen.

They pull fans up to stage to sing for the song Longview. Billie Joe does his weird-nudist dance for King For a Day. They give out their instruments or drumsticks. Their show is AWESOME! They keep shouting random things out and everything! I'd love to be in a concert right now...

I've been to other concerts and I gotta say they're the best ever

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16RammsteinRammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

Rammstein are the most incredible band I've seen live, they really deserve to be number 1! It's more of a performance than a gig, you just can't beat them live. Trust me, you won't get bored at a Rammstein show, even if you don't like Rammstein's music.

the flamethrowers, the fire, the people being set on fire, I saw them live a few months ago, and they were amazing

OH MY GOD the pyro thechniques all the fire BUT not only the fire... I once saw them live they where unbelievable by the way I got VIP tickets hellyeah

Best show ever!

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17Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

They extended 6-8 minute songs into a 40 minute jam session live that is epic other bands extend songs but nowhere near as thrilling as Led Zeppelin.

Epic band the violin bow the double neck EVERYTHING ITS TOO EPIC TO BEAR.

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven on "The Song Remains the Same" is legendary! I swear kids today don't know great music.

This band is a live band in a time before computers could help you cheat.

How the hell they are not first? Does no one here watched "The Song Remains The Same"?! That's the best live rock performance ever!

Should be in top five.

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18RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

A band that has been together for 40+ years. Simply the best individual musicians molded together to construct simply the best band. Absolutely terrific band that are respected by many other musicians in the biz! Often played for 3 hours without another band to start them off! Talk to anyone who knows anything about music and they will tell you that Neil Peart is the best drummer, Geddy Lee is one of the best bassist in the history of the instrument and tell me anyone else that can play guitar to any Rush songs, never mind all of the Rush songs. YYZ, La Villa Strangiato, Xanadu comes to mind specifically! This band was never appreciated or respected by many so-called music experts but Rush shamed all of those experts! Then they gained almost all of those experts as fans!

Evening with Shows for the last 20 years... Rabid Fans... Consistency... Credibility...Unique sound... Musical Virtuosity... Respected by all in the music industry...and somehow got cooler as the years progressed. The Holy Triumvirate!

Three of the worlds greatest musicians playing for 3 hours, along with incredible visuals which creates a vibe only possible via extreme excitement pulsing thru an audience of 99% fellow-fanatics. Intense.

40 years of touring and played songs from their latest album on their last tour

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19The KillersThe Killers is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

The Killers are simply one of the best bands I've ever heard and seen

Unbelievable show. No one puts more heart into a show than the best band in the world, The Killers.

I watched them two years ago at the O2 arena and they are just flawless although perhaps not the most lively the lyrics and music just brings out chills in me... Obviously Still go crazy for songs like MR BRIGHTSIDE...FOR REASONS UNKNOWN. And ALL THESE THINGS I HAVE DONE... Supprised low on the list but true ly worth everyone going to see

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20EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Deserve top 3? Haha in your dreams

Just Listen To The Angelic Voice Of Amy Lee

Evanescense not in TOP 10? Please watch a video, yes just a video of Evanescense and Amy Lee and then come back and vote again, Amy's voice by itself worth a top 3

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